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18:26 21st August 2011

Wolves At Home Against Cottagers

Wolves 2 (Doyle 42, Jarvis 45)

Fulham 0

First-half strikes from Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis steered Wolves towards a thoroughly deserved victory over Fulham at a sun soaked Molineux

All available home seats were taken as Mick McCarthy fielded an unchanged starting line-up for the visit of The Cottagers who kicked-off attacking the deserted North Bank end.

The visitors won a corner after just 20 seconds when Pajtim Kasami's cross was deflected behind but David Duff's kick was cleared. Wolves responded with a run down the right flank by Stephen Hunt but his low centre was booted clear.

Jamie O'Hara beat two men on the right and his ball into the box was half cleared to Karl Henry whose low drive looked destined for the net until it was deflected behind by a defender.

Duff missed a great opportunity of giving Fulham a tenth minute lead after he shot straight at Wayne Hennessey with the goal at his mercy after Andy Johnson and laid the ball into his path.

Dickson Etuhu had Hennessey diving at full stretch to hold onto a long-range drive but it was Wolves that held the territorial advantage albeit with few clear openings.

Richard Stearman embarked on an adventurous run through the heart of the Fulham midfield but his final ball to Steven Fletcher carried just too much pace for the striker.

Doyle's doggedness almost rewarded him with a goal in the 29th minute. Brede Hangeland was trying to shepherd the ball out for a goal-kick but he was hassled off the ball right on the by-line by Doyle who cut back and sidestepped the keeper. But, with defenders closing him down, he lifted the ball over the bar as he fell.

Mark Schwarzer made a superb save to turn away a 25-yard first-time rocket from O'Hara, Jarvis's corner coming to nothing.

Three minutes before the break Doyle made the breakthrough following a Jarvis corner. The winger pushed the flag-kick to Hunt who promptly returned it. Jarvis crossed and Doyle squirmed free of his marker before lashing a left-footed shot on the turn into the roof of the net.

Hennessey had to run to the edge of his area to boot clear a long through ball as Andy Johnson homed in, before Jarvis was just off target after Hunt had created the opening.

In first-half stoppage time Wanderers went two up. Roger Johnson headed Hunt's centre onto the foot of the far post and Jarvis kept his nerve to run in and despatch the loose ball into the corner of the net.

Half-Time: Wolves 2 Fulham 0

Fulham substitute Mousa Dembele hadn't been on the field for two minutes when he was yellow carded for catching Johnson with his arm in a heading dual.

Duff then had a chance of reducing the deficit when he ran onto a John Arne Riise cross but he completely fluffed his shot with the ball going yards wide.

Wolves were soon back on the offensive and Jarvis shot wide after a Hunt pass had been deflected into his path. Then Schwarzer had to tip another powerful effort by O'Hara over the bar after Fletcher had headed the ball into the midfielder's path.

On the hour mark Riise was booked after tripping Doyle, and then Hennessey had little difficulty in collecting a Hangeland header after a corner from Danny Murphy.

In the 64th minute, Fletcher saw his first-time shot deflected into the side netting by Aaron Hughes and when Jarvis's corner was headed out to O'Hara, the recent signing sent a first-time volley inches over the bar.

Wolves were hungry for a third goal and it almost arrived when Jarvis fed Fletcher whose low drive flew just past the post.

Hunt went into the book for a challenge on Riise and, moments later, the effervescent wide man saw his shot on the turn tipped around the post by Schwarzer.

Hennessey made a fine save to block Andy Johnson's shot. But the keeper couldn't hold on to the ball and Dembele looked odds on to score until Stephen Ward, who was enjoying another fine game, made a superb last ditch tackle to deny the Belgian striker.

In the closing five minutes O'Hara twice went close to adding to Wolves' lead whilst there was little to trouble Hennessey at the other end.

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Ward, Henry, Berra, R. Johnson (capt), Jarvis (Kightly 90), O'Hara , Doyle, Fletcher (Elokobi 90), Hunt (Foley 84).

Unused subs: De Vries, Ebanks-Blake, Hammill, Milijaś.

Bookings: Doyle (42 - taking shirt off after scoring), Hunt (71 - foul).

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, A. Johnson, Kasami (Etuhu 45), Murphy (capt), Senderos, Duff, Hughes, Etuhu (Sidwell 45), Dempsey.

Unused subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Gecov, Frei, Briggs.

Bookings: Dembele (47 - foul), Riise (60 - foul).

Referee: M. Dean.

Attendance: 22,657.

    Data provided by Press Association


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